An East African boy enjoying traditional Tanzanian food. Original photo taken my by my grandfather, Glenn Hoover.
Is this how meal times in your house sound? Fake, Fake, Fake
Here are some very important links regarding the nutrition of children’s food. Please, please read this if you are a parent or help with the feeding of children in any way! Our food supply has been terribly messed with and corrupted. The babies and children are going to pay the highest price for that because it is effecting their health and their development. You may not be able to make a lot of changes at once, but it is important to know what is good and what is not and to make strides in the right direction in the area of feeding your family and loved ones.
(Note: I do not necessarily agree with every conclusion or idea that these people put forth, but the over all message is sound and we have found it to be true on a number of levels for adults, let alone children.)
What Are You Feeding Your Children? – One woman’s journey from “healthy” junk food to nourishing foods for her family, here is a video discussing the additives and things in food that can actually harm your children or cause allergic reactions. Please consider doing what this lady suggests - changing you family's eating habits gradually for the better. Some people make this process unnecessarily hard by demanding or thinking that all these changes need to be addressed at once. They do not. You CAN change the way your family eats one step at a time. And, may I suggest that, as Robyn obviously did, you include your kids in the process. Tell them why you need to make the changes and educate them so they will understand and hopefully agree! Kids are lot smarter about these things than some parents think. When they find out there is trash and bug killer in the food they may be more angry than you are. Who wants fish genes in their tomato anyway? Make it a family project to improve the diet and find out why. (Be forewarned, though; as one friend of mine found out, the kids may be more diligent at checking ingredients than you are!)
In case you think the kids can't get excited about this subject, check out this lecture on the subject from an 11-year-old homeschooled boy: What's Wrong with Our Food System.
Watch for PART 2 coming soon.